Thankfulness Thursday: Girl on Fire.

I am part of a generation often accused of being too self-entitled. While I agree hard work and gratitude should be part of the equation, I also stand firm in my opinion that each and every one of us deserves greatness. The definition of greatness may vary from one to another, but whatever that greatness is, we deserve it.

Lessons always seem to converge at once. This weekend, while I was in a particularly grumpy mood, the women in my family reminded me we deserve the moon. Then another woman I deeply admire posted an article about an adoptive mother who decided to teach her timid toddler to physically fight back against her brothers. This article permeated my being, (read it!).

I always thought I believed in myself. Then I realized this belief is contradicted by the guilt I feel in whatever I have, achieve, desire. Since I was a little girl, I have confused guilt, humility, and gratitude. I finally get it, if only for a moment. Guilt should not accompany success won through hard work and thankfulness. You can lovingly serve others without losing sight of your own worth.

For the first time in years, I allowed myself to seethe in all the parts of my life I want to change, and, to my shock, the seething felt amazing. I let anger I never knew existed escape my soul. I realized my worth and felt no guilt in my desire for greatness. What a concept, self-worth and desire without guilt. I was a girl on fire, ferocious and proud. So much gratitude. I hope it lasts.

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6 thoughts on “Thankfulness Thursday: Girl on Fire.

  1. Tanya says:

    “Guilt should not accompany success won through hard work and thankfulness.” I love that line, just read it over and over to myself till it stuck. Powerful post, Liv!

  2. loloslunch says:

    Great post. I agree with Tanya, I really like the guilt line. Thanks for sharing the “Girl on Fire” post too. What great parents to recognize the lack of voice their daughter had and how they showed her her’s did matter!

    • oliviaobryon says:

      I know– I loved how they consciously worked to empower her. Made me think about my own childhood and how I learned to be quiet and diplomatic. No one’s fault, just interesting how we fit into our family dynamics and how it affects our thinking.

  3. I absolutely love this post and can’t believe I have been missing the Great Liv shit.

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